Course Content and Outcomes Guides (CCOG)

Course Content and Outcomes Guide for CIS 179 Effective Summer 2020

Course Number:
CIS 179
Course Title:
Data Communication Concepts I
Credit Hours:
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Special Fee:

Course Description

Provides basic concepts of data communications and networking. Explores hardware, connectivity, signaling, addressing, network topologies, communication protocols, network design, switching, management, security and standards with emphasis on the TCP/IP protocol suite. Prerequisites: CIS 120 or CIS 121 or EET 111 or MT 111 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

On completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Use data communication vocabulary appropriately when discussing issues with other networking professionals.
  • Troubleshoot simple business network design errors.
  • Design simple business local, metropolitan and wide area networks using appropriate architectures, hardware and security.

Course Activities and Design

This course is presented by means of:

  • on-campus lectures or distance learning lessons
  • on-line discussions,
  • individual lab assignments
  • group lab assignments.

Students will be required to use essential tools to complete the lab assignments.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Communicate effectively with networking professionals.
  • Select appropriate data communications solutions to business problems and needs.
  • Explain the process of data communication.
  • Prepare elementary internetworking designs, including cost evaluations.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Communicate effectively
    • Participate in discussions with the instructor and other students.
    • Prepare a research report using professional literature and/or interviewing networking professionals.
  • Select Appropriate Solutions
    • In oral and written work, when given a business problem, provide appropriate networking and data communications.
  • Prepare Internetworking Designs
    • Prepare logical and physical network drawings for fairly simple networks, specifying network and link types, plus costs.
  • Explain Processes
    • Use proper data communication vocabulary to explain how data communication processes work.
  • Concepts Include:
    • Network topologies, media, access methods, architectures, connectivity devices, communication protocols, wide area network communication types, security, management, signaling, and telecommunication concepts.
    • AT routers